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Natural energy: Windmills at Muppanthal in Tirunelveli.
Natural energy: Windmills at Muppanthal in Tirunelveli.

R. Sairam

MADURAI: Electricity Minister Arcot N. Veerasami has instructed Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) officials not to carry out load-shedding in Corporation limits during night.

In a meeting with officials here on Saturday, the Minister was informed of complaints regarding load-shedding during night. “The Minister has given instructions to reduce loadshedding in urban areas to the extent possible,” K. Balasubramanian, Chief Engineer (Distribution) of Madurai region, told The Hindu on Sunday. Mr. Veerasami said that that once the wind power, which was expected to pick up in a week’s time, started flowing, the State would have surplus power of more than 500 mw. At present, only around 1 mw was being generated through wind power.

The surplus power would be sold to other states at Rs. 7 per unit, the same rate at which power was being bought at present.

Mr. Balasubramanian said that by May 15, the wind season would have set in fully and Tamil Nadu would have a surplus.

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